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The beautifully decorated Salem Church will again be hosting the annual Christmas program on December 17. Join us for horse drawn wagon rides from 3 to 4:15 pm. The program starts at 4:30 and will feature the story of the birth of Jesus and favorite Christmas carols. You are welcome to bring a poinsettia for the evening to beautify the sanctuary in memory or honor of a loved one. Your gifts of non-perishable food items and toys are welcomed and will be delivered to the Paynesville Community Center. A free-will offering will be taken for upkeep and restoration of the Salem Church & Cemetery. Refreshments will be served. Salem Church is located approximately 5 miles north of Paynesville at 28547 220th Street. Questions: 320-249-0373 or 320-493-1657. Find and 'like' us on Facebook for a different perspective on Salem events.
Check out the brochure from this year's Salem Fest found on the Fest 2022 tab above. The topic was 'The Glory days of Camp Revival Meetings'.
We have three videos below full of Salem history. The Salem Christmas video was created in December of 2020 to take the place of our annual Christmas program. The next video is about Lowell Gess (deceased) when he was fighting against Ebola in Sierre Leone. The third one was produced by Appleton Public TV Channel 10 in 1997. It features Bill Holm (deceased), an author and public speaker as well as some of our own Salem people. We hope you enjoy watching these!
Salem Christmas 2020
A Call to Action
Salem, a Story of a Country Church
On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem Historical Church & Cemetery Association, Inc'. The non-profit corporation has IRS 501(c)(3) status. Donations made to the Salem Church are tax deductible.
In 1997 after a 30 year absence, a Christmas program was held at Salem Church. Two new furnaces were installed and now an old-fashioned Christmas program can again be held each year. People bring gifts of food for the local food shelf and enjoy creating new traditions with their families.
Salem Church is visible to all for miles around. This photo was taken from the top of the Wegner's silo just a mile to the north.
Salem Church was closed to regular Sunday worship services in 1968. Many weddings are still held each year at the church and an occasional funeral.
The folks in this hot air balloon had a great view of Salem one fine September day.